1. Why does Blanche avoid strong light?
2. How are
specific physical symbols used to characterize the essential nature of
3. How is it possible
that two such opposite people as Blanche
and Stanley could possibly meet?
4. Why does Blanche so openly flirt with Stanley in the
first part of the play? What significance does this later have?
5. What is the purpose of
the two poker games?
6. What do Blanche’s
actions with the young newspaper boy indicate about her conflict?
7. Characterize the
essential differences between the Kowalski and the DuBois worlds.
8. How do
Blanche’s many baths influence the action of the drama?
9. What implications are
there in Mitch’s act of forcing Blanche under the naked light bulb?
10. Why does Blanche’s
rape totally destroy her?
11. Justify Stanley’s
antagonism toward Blanche.
12. Using evidence from
the play, try to determine which is the real Blanche,
the innocent and charming Blanche or
the degenerate and promiscuous Blanche.
13. Show how each
subsequent meeting between Blanche and
Stanley increases in violence and antagonism.
14. Justify the Kowalski
world as being superior to the DuBois
15. In spite of Blanche’s
past life, her deceit, and her artificiality, most readers and viewers tend to
sympathize with and align themselves with her. How can this emotional reaction
(or attachment) toward Blanche be justified?
16. Describe how Stella’s child offers the only hope of a
reconciliation between the two opposing worlds of Kowalski and DuBois.
17. Show how a Mitch-Blanche marriage could have been a perfect
marriage if Stanley
had not interfered.
18. Where do you consider Williams’ final view toward illusion and reality to
lie? Does he align himself with Stanley’s reality and brutal
honesty, or with Blanche’s illusion and pretense?